Professor Steve Sturdy and Dr Gill Haddow are among the leadership team developing a new Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society at the University of Edinburgh.
Academics from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine have been awarded a grant of over £1 million from the Wellcome Trust to develop new interdisciplinary approaches to exploring issues, challenges and questions raised by biomedicine, biotechnology and health care in today's society. Professor Sturdy co-directs the new Centre along with Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley (PI, Usher Institute) and Professor Graeme Laurie (Mason Institute), and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow Dr Haddow is among its lead-coinvestigators. The University has also committed to appointing four new Chancellor's Fellows to be involved with the Centre, including Lukas Engelmann in STIS.
Over the next five years, the team will investigate a range of issues across five broad themes: "Beyond the Body", "Beyond Disease", "Beyond Global", "Beyond Legal" and "Beyond Engagement". Wellcome funding will also support recruiting six new postdoctoral researchers, a range of doctoral students, and a programme of scientists and artists in residence. Together, the team will explore new ways of integrating social science and humanities into the study of biomedicine, as well as new approaches to public and stakeholder engagement.